Immigration

Clothes hang to dry on the chain-link fence topped with barbed wire at the Casa de Migrante in Juárez, Mexico.

Waiting at a closed border

BY: - May 21, 2022

The inner courtyard of Casa del Migrante in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, looks like a day care center. Plastic toys are scattered from one end to the other. Tiny baby clothes hang on the chain link fence, drying in the sun. Toddlers throw a ball in the direction of a blue and yellow basket hoop, jumping […]

Border Patrol van and migrants

With Title 42 winding down, worries rise about handling migrant surge

BY: - April 4, 2022

The Biden administration will stop using the pandemic-era Title 42 policy to turn people away at the border effective May 23, as COVID-19 cases decline and officials insist they are prepared to handle a potential migrant surge.

Noorullah Maswhani

No refuge: Afghans describe challenges in building new life in New Mexico

BY: - April 3, 2022

About 200 Afghan refugees have tried to find a new life in New Mexico in recent months, what they hoped would be the final leg of a harrowing journey from a country in collapse.

Karla Rodriguez sits with her children, Diego, 3, and Jazmin, 5,

She has cancer. But as an DACA recipient, she couldn’t get insurance for months.

BY: - April 2, 2022

Karla Rodriguez, who was brought to the U.S. as a child, isn’t eligible for Medicaid in Idaho and does not qualify for premium subsidies on Idaho’s health insurance exchange.

Kansas Senator Dennis Pyle

Kansas Senate quickly endorses legislation banning ‘sanctuary cities’

BY: - March 30, 2022

Kansas senators Wednesday backed a measure prohibiting municipal governments from creating “sanctuary cities,” rejecting concerns about the speed the measure was moving through the Legislature.

silhouette of migrants

Immigration protections in Biden’s social policy bill face a new test in the Senate

BY: - November 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — Nearly 100 House Democrats are pushing the Senate to expand immigration protections in President Joe Biden’s massive social spending and climate bill, and advocates say that it may be a last opportunity for years to advance any reform. The letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and the chairman of […]

U.S. House reconciliation package would provide path to citizenship

BY: - September 7, 2021

A provision tucked in the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package would direct Congress to chart a path for citizenship for millions of undocumented people. If passed, the House provision would provide a pathway to citizenship for those in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, often referred to as Dreamers; farmworker workers; those who hold a […]

Settled into new homes, refugees in US say they are working for a better life for all

BY: - June 20, 2021

Violence, persecution and wars amid a global pandemic added to the growing number of displaced persons around the world last year. The United Nations reports that 11.2 million people were displaced from their homelands in 2020, bringing the total number of displaced persons in the world to 82.4 million.  Of those forced to flee their […]

Hodges bill targeting immigrants

Denham Springs lawmaker writes bill targeting immigrants to ‘deter theft of our LA tax dollars’

BY: - March 25, 2021

State Rep. Valarie Hodges has introduced a bill targeting immigrants that could make it more difficult for Louisianans to claim dependents on their annual tax returns, particularly those of lower-income with children studying abroad. Present law allows taxpayers to claim a state individual income tax credit of 5 percent of the amount of the taxpayer’s federal […]

U.S. House passes Dreamers bill over GOP objections, as immigration debate intensifies

BY: - March 19, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House took up two bills Thursday that would grant legal status to broad groups of immigrants living and working in the United States, including a pathway to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of undocumented people brought to the country as children. The measures mark the first step towards what advocates for […]

Trump-era ‘wealth test’ for immigrants dies in 4th Circuit

BY: - March 18, 2021

A legal dispute over the so-called “wealth test” for immigrants died in the United States 4th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday after the court denied a motion by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and other Republican state AGs that would have kept alive an appeal of a lower court ruling that blocked the policy. […]

New attempt in Congress to help Dreamers runs into familiar obstacles

BY: - March 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — Legislation creating a path to citizenship for undocumented people brought to the U.S. as children faces a new border crisis and old partisan objections, diminishing the chances it will become law despite full Democratic control of Congress and the White House. On Thursday, the U.S. House is poised to pass the American Dream […]